Public Program- Clay Jenkinson

Lectures and Performances
Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 7:30pm

Discovering Meriwether Lewis
With Clay Jenkinson

Clay Jenkinson dressed as Meriwether LewisHumanities scholar and cultural commentator Clay Jenkinson will return to AAS to deliver a first-person historical interpretation of one of the leaders of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition. Clays portrayal of Meriwether Lewis uses the Chautauqua method to take us on a spectacular trip from the Missouri River, over the Rockies to the mouth of the Columbia, and back. Stephen Ambrose said of Jenkinson's portrayal, "We have the insights of a man who has walked many miles in the moccasins of Meriwether Lewis and ultimately, much to our benefit, managed to get inside his head as well as his extra sensitive heart." This event is part of the Worcester Cultural Coalition's No Limits to Discovery series of programs.

A native of North Dakota, Mr. Jenkinson is a writer, lecturer, and award-winning first-person interpreter. He is the host of a nationally syndicated radio program, The Thomas Jefferson Hour, and of a weekly television book review program. He has appeared on the Today show, Politically Incorrect, and CNN, and was a main commentator for Ken Burnss PBS documentary on Thomas Jefferson as well as the on-camera host of the documentary Travelin' on the Lewis & Clark Trail. In addition to Meriwether Lewis, Jenkinson portrays J. Robert Oppenheimer, John Wesley Powell, Sir Francis Bacon, William L. Shirer, and Thomas Jefferson, as whom he appeared at AAS in 1991 and 1993.

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